Tag:Western Kentucky
Posted on: March 22, 2009 4:53 am

Gonzaga vs. Western Kentucky (Game Review)

Last year, Ty Rogers had a buzzerbeater to beat Drake University, and when you win that way, sometimes you lose that way too. Its just the nature of the sporting world. What you do to teams, teams do the same thing to you down the road. This theory was proven yesterday when Gonzaga's Dmeitri Goodson a true freshman banked a 10 foot jumper to win the basketball game, as Gonzaga prevailed against a red-hot Western Kentucky team.

As I said in my preview Gonzaga needed to contain Orlando Mendez Valdez, and Gonzaga was really in trouble in the first half, when Mendez-Valdez nailed 4 straight threes, and had 17 points in the first 7 minutes, and Pettigrew great as well..... As the game progressed, and Mark Few made the adjustment to put the quicker and younger Dmetri Goodson on Orlando Mendez-Valdez, Goodson didn't let him score at all the rest of the half.

To start the next half, however, Gonzaga had a good nice run combined with a Stephen gray three to take the lead to nine. Western Kentucky continued to battle, and never gave up, and had a couple of Mendez-Valdez threes. At the very end though, Mendez-Valdez missed a potential game-tying three, and then another WKU player tipped it in for the tie. Then the freshman Goodson ran coast to coast to give the Zags the lead with 0.9 seconds left. As soon as the Zags got the basket, the WKU Coach was trying to call Timeout, but the officials missed the call, and the game was over after a half court heave that went wide right.

As Gonzaga and its fans will prevail until at least next Thursday, i would like to congratulate Western Kentucky and their fans on a great game and a season. You guys are a good team, that definetly deserved to be in the tournament, again. You guys should continue to dominate the Sun Belt in coming years. Great game, guys.

Highlights (as always) ..... right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuxo1PuynsU

Oh and how the hell do I mention the game without the great play of Slaughter? Him and Mendez-Valdez are the class of this team. great game Hilltoppers!

Posted on: March 21, 2009 7:59 pm

What the hell is a Hilltopper? Game Preview:

Gonzaga will battle Western Kentucky in a game to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The mission is simple. Win, or go home. But completing this "simple" mission, is NOT going to be the easiest of all tasks that I have ever seen before me. So, here we go.

What is a Hilltopper?

Apparently the school [Western Kentucky] sits on the top of a hill. Got that? OK, well that was simple. But what the heck is their red blob of a monster (or mascot)????? I have never seen such a thing make absolute no sense to me before... but here we go. So apparently as I have flipped around the internet one common answer I found was a startling one that still made no sense to me at all. I found out that this was a blob of blood from the enemy's team. Not sure if this is entirely true or not bu that was the common answer. I tried, but in frustration of getting this answer and a few distinct others, I have that to report.

So we got thtat outta the way, here is the game preview (sorry for the shortness, but I gotta watch the game ya know) .....

Basically Courtney Lee is not on the floor for tonights game. Big Loss? Certainly. Absolutely Crucial? NO. One thing Gonzaga MUST do tonight is stop that pesky Orlando Mendez-Valdez. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court and if they don't stop them, they will lose. Not even going to be close. I think Gonzaga will try to slow the game down, and use the effective weapons that they can. Passing the ball to Stephen Gray, and leaving backdoor cuts to Matt Bouldin will be crucial. Leaving nobody open on WKU will also be crucial. Gonzaga needs to surround everyone with thier height, and lanky-ness  and knock down every ball they see. Creating turnovers by steals of Bouldin, and daye will also be key.

On WKU's side, I think if they speed up the pace of the game, and shoot transition threes (and make them), they have a really good shot to win, and no I am not kidding. This team already has a ton of experience and has a very good guard in Mendez-Valdez. This is going to be hard for me to watch at times, but I hope we pull it out.

My Prediction: Gonzaga 84 Western Kentucky 80.


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